My A to Z of Pride and Prejudice – Letter A


This post is part of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge where more than 2,000 bloggers are joining together to post blogs everyday (except Sundays) during the month of April. That is 26 days, just like the number of letters in the alphabet, so we are marking each day in alphabetical order.

The theme I’ve chosen this year is “What I Love About Pride and Prejudice.” I hope you’ll join me each day as I move from one letter to the next. It should be fun.

After you’ve read my post, please click the link above or the A to Z badge in my side bar to view what the other bloggers are saying.

aA is for Austen

 “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” Jane Austen

Steel engraving made from drawing by Jane’s sister Cassandra

Steel engraving made from drawing by Jane’s sister Cassandra

I’m so glad the alphabet begins with A so I can declare my admiration for Jane Austen before I ever delve into what I love about her most famous story. Though she never married or had any children, many think of her as the mother of the modern romantic story. Her writing was smart, funny, ironic, engaging and, of course, ripe with romance.

Jane Austen's writing table

Jane Austen’s writing table at the Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton Hampshire, UK

Jane Austen began writing as a teen and continued until her death at the age of forty-one. She gained little fame while alive as her stories were all published anonymously. What amazes me most, beyond her talent, is that she wrote these stories using a feather dipped in ink. She sat at a small table day after day because these stories were something she had to get down on paper. It makes me feel guilty that I ever put off working at the computer or complain that I can’t find the time to write as much as I’d like.

Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813. That is 201 years ago (if you’re counting) and is still read as greedily as it ever was. Maybe more so. Pride and Prejudice is by far the most famous, but certainly not the only book she wrote. In her short life, Miss Austen completed six novels and was working on a seventh before she died. I think of myself as improving with each story I write. Just think of what Jane Austen could have accomplished it she had lived a much longer life.

I’ve read all six of her completed novels more times than I can count, but it is Pride & Prejudice that pulls me back again and again and again.

Do you have a love for all things Jane Austen? I hope you’ll share some thoughts or your own stories.

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43 thoughts on “My A to Z of Pride and Prejudice – Letter A

  1. Pride and Prejudice was the first Austen novel I read and has always been a favorite of mine. It’s just about tied with Persuasion. 🙂

  2. Thank you for choosing this topic! Persuasion has always been my favorite since I first read it at age 14. I can’t wait to see your other posts!

    • I could have done a whole A to Z on Persuasion as well. Sigh. Jane Austen is amazing.

      Let’s hope I do her work justice.

      Thanks for you comment.

  3. What a fun topic! A brilliant idea, I’m looking forward to more
    Twitter: WriterBizWoman

  4. Pride and Prejudice just has something magic about it. I love all of Jane Austen’s works, but I love the precedent she set even more. She was ostracized for her profession, and she stuck with it. I’m sure she’d be pleased with the lasting legacy she’s left behind.

    • Crystal, I hope she would have been pleased. When she asked her sister to destroy all of her letters upon her death it makes me wonder.

  5. I mention Jane Austen in my post as well. 🙂 I even use a supernatural Victorian girl to tell my modern END OF DAYS and she is always accused of sounding like Jane Austen. Ms. Austen has influenced decades after her in ways that would amaze and hopefully please her.

  6. Unique idea. I love it!!! Austen’s own story has always fascinated me. She died too young. I know many people did back then, but it seems a shame.

  7. Oh boy… confession time: I have not read ANY of Jane Austen’s books! This is scandalous as I even think of it. She’s always been on my TBR list, but I guess I just haven’t gotten to it. I feel inspired to change that now.

  8. Lovely to meet you, Leanne. A whole month of Pride and Prejudice. Sounds perfect to me.

    Posting on behalf of Untethered Realms.

  9. I do love a bit of Jane Austen, although admit to only ever reading Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
    I took great pleasure on our honeymoon in dragging my husband round the Jane Austen museum in Bath a couple of years ago. It was great to learn about her life.

  10. Visiting on the 1st day of the #Challenge. I’m sure you will gather the Austin fans with your theme. Hope it brings many new blogging friends when all is said and done. If you have time, and like a garden theme, come and visit me. Have fun.

  11. Thanks Stepheny! I wish you luck in your blogging as well.

  12. Down Home Diva

    I have not read this yet but it has always been on my list of books to read. I will definitely be taking it off the shelf!

  13. Liz Blocker

    YAY! I love P&P and all things Austen. This is going to be such a fun theme. I also LOVE that quote of hers!

  14. Oh an Austen novel is always a pleasure to read, love how she weaves that dance the protagonists always find themselves in.

  15. 201 years? Now that’s a story that can stand the test of time. I’ll admit Pride and Prejudice is the only Austen book I’ve read, but it was a delight.

    • Jane’s (yes, I called her simply Jane) books are all so good. Especially Persuasion. That one is right up there with P & P for me.

  16. I haven’t read any of her books, although I know how treasured they are by many.

  17. Great theme! I ❤ Jane Austen and P&P, especially, though Persuasion is my second favorite.

  18. I get a lump in my throat every time I think about this book and the utter brilliance that’s is Jane Austen.

  19. Visiting here from the A-to-Z Challenge, thanks for visiting my blog earlier today. Tally me with the others about a superb theme. I look forward to seeing the other 25 days!
    Mary at The View from my World

  20. Fantastic theme and love your banner! Ah…Austen. Yes, she is the model to write by.

  21. Great choice of theme.
    My daughter loves Pride and Prejudice, I could not tell you how many times she has read the novel and whenever she is feeling a little low, loves to watch the movie and have a good cry!

  22. I remember that table by the window. I visited her home a couple of years ago and still remember the awe of being there.

    • That’s on my bucket list! I want to welcome that same awe…goosebumps just thinking about it. Thanks for stopping by!

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